How to use tea bags after wisdom teeth removal?

If you’ve recently had your wisdom teeth removed, you’re probably feeling a bit worse for wear. Your mouth is tender and swollen, and it seems like every food on earth is suddenly off-limits. But fear not, my friend – there’s one unlikely hero that can help ease the pain of post-op life: tea bags.

Yes, really! Tea bags have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for oral health issues. And when it comes to wisdom teeth removal, they can be a game-changer. In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using tea bags after getting your wisdom teeth out.

The Benefits of Using Tea Bags After Wisdom Teeth Removal

First things first – why tea bags? It might seem counterintuitive to stick something made for drinking in your mouth after surgery. But trust us – there are several reasons why tea bags are an effective tool in the fight against post-op pain:

They Help Control Bleeding

When your dentist pulls out those pesky third molars (or any other tooth), they leave behind an empty socket where the tooth once was. To promote healing and prevent infection, blood needs to clot over the site.

But sometimes that clot doesn’t form properly or gets dislodged too soon – leaving you with painful bleeding gums known as Dry Socket (which nope!,you don’t want). Dry socket can set back your recovery by weeks but not if careful! Here’s where teabags come into play.

Tea leaves contain tannins – naturally occurring compounds found in many plants- which act as an astringent agent causing contraction of soft tissues mucous membranes such as gum tissue helping control bleeding within minutes thus reducing risk/ incidence of Dry Socket.[1]

They Soothe Pain and Discomfort

The warmth of the teabag helps stimulate blood flow and promote healing, while the tea itself has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling around your cheeks/mouth. And let’s be real – there’s something about cuddling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea that just makes you feel better – am I right?

They Can Help Fight Infection

Certain teas like green teas have known to have catechins-antioxidants/phytochemicals essential for fighting bacteria and reducing risk o infections.[2] Others like chamomile contain mild antiseptic agents[3] which aid in preventing bacteria colonization within surgical wound sites.

Choosing the Right Tea Bags

All teas aren’t made equal so it is very important when selecting a tea bag after wisdom tooth removal to pick one which carries beneficial attributes such as;

1) Caffeine-Free: [The caffeine content present; may elevate heart rate/blood pressure increases stress hormone production][4]

Some recommendations include Chamomile tea, Green teas(Matcha), or Black Rose’s healthily herbal blend’.

2) Non-acidic [Avoid acidic-favored fruit/herbal infusions (like lemon zest/ peppermint)] putting these against exposed surgical site incisions may irritate undergoing gum tissue tendering already sensitive areas causing (non-flattering jaw spasms ) So best stick to Uncut pure Leaves only.

of course! If still uncertain or confused concerning choice options you could always ask your surgeon/anesthetist before use.

How to Use Tea Bags After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Alrighty, now for the good stuff – how to actually use those little bags of goodness. Follow these steps:

  1. Brew some strong black tea (unless advised against). You don’t want it scalding hot but make sure temperature wise above lukewarm.

  2. Loose leaf works great if you have time or simply bagged tea would work.

  3. Steep for about 5 minutes; Ensure there’s no sugar/additives-the teeth removal gods wouldn’t approve.

  4. Take out the teabag and let it cool slightly until moderate (not too hot-not too cold!)this should be still at a tolerable temperature.

  5. Squeeze out any excess liquid, then gently bite down on the teabag to keep it in place over your surgical site, hold between gums and cheek .

  6. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes/ as long as comfortable ensuring constant pressure is applied.

  7. Once done remove teabag disposal, rinsing your mouth with water afterwards so-as sake of sanitary

Stick to doing this every four-to-five-hour intervals/day for best efficacy from healing process but always remember – Don’t Overdo It!

(Additionally some people believe refrigerating wet used tea bags also works well and highlights cooling effects.)

Tips and Tricks for Tea Bag Use

Can’t get comfortable holding tea bags between your cheeks or popping them into your mouth? No worries – there are a few other tricks you can try:

1) Slip Teabags into the Cheek; Fair warning:it might look like storing treasure through swollen-hamster-like appearance coming up with code expressions such like ‘My Royal Highness’

2) Make-Ahead Ice Cubes by freezing cooled down brewed-used-wet-tea leftovers.[10](
note-for sanitation purposes these ice cubes shouldn’t stay frozen longer than two months)

3) DIY Some homemade-herbal-poultices-With Dried Herbs(Dandelion leaves)or heat/sun-dried Chamomile flowers/Witch hazel (all grind/powdered-one tablespoon needed),Bentonite clay.powders ,water only sufficient enough to make desired paste consistency

Just follow these steps: Mix dry ingredients together – Slowly add water while stirring until a thick paste is formed-apply directly to surgical site (extract where necessary) using cotton ball or clean fingers and voila.

Final Word

there you have it folks-teabags not just your average; delicious beverage, but a lifesaving warrior for post-op wisdom teeth removal experience. Now off you go to heal on the wings of caffeine-free-goodness and never take teabags for granted again-I guarantee first thing after surgery that’s definitely not top of mind concerns.

(Disclaimer-Yes we know this piece wasn’t written by an actual dentist/ oral surgeon-but no worries someone has got their back-and will always advise being vigilant in seeking appropriate medical advice if discomfort or unbearable pain sets in).


[1] Journal Of Periodontology:

[2]International Wounds Journal:Xuemei Liu ,Yue Wu, Micronization enhancement effect on antioxidant activities of tea extracts undergoing in vitro gastrointestinal digestion Published online 2019 Mar 28. doi:

https://doi.org/10.1177

[3] Magdalena Wilkowska,a Małgorzata Michałowiczb,c Zuzanna Jesionek-Kupnickaa,d
The effectiveness of natural preparations based on Nigella sativa L., Matricaria chamomilla L., Inonotus obliquus (Pers.:Fr.) Pilát,Betula pendula Roth.and Larix decidua Mill.as potential dietary supplements enhancing micronutrient intake Food Chem Toxicol volume 143,

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691519303710?via%3Dihub

[4] https://www.healthline.com/health/caffeine-effects-on-body#5.-Higher-stress-hormone-production

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